Wednesday 30 March 2016, 8pm
Very happy to host the debut performance of a captivating pairing of French saxophonist Bertrand Gauguet and the great pianist John Tilbury.
John Tilbury is renowned for his peerless interpretation of the piano music of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton. In addition to the performances and seminal recordings that he has made of these composers’ works, he has been an eloquent advocate of their music in his writing and speaking about them. The same is true of the attention he has paid to the music and ideas of Cornelius Cardew, the subject of his authoritative biography published in 2008, and with whom he played in the legendary improvisation groups the Scratch Orchestra and AMM. In the last ten years John Tilbury has performed a range of plays and prose pieces by Samuel Beckett.
Bertrand Gauguet plays alto saxophone in contexts of solo and group improvisation - many festivals in recent years in France and abroad - his approach to the saxophone is involved in research on technical areas of the instrument, whether acoustic or related to amplification - composes electronic music : works with film, dance, visual arts and radio - focuses on learning processes related to sound and music - music and non music - sound as support for meditation - breath - the very relationships that sound and music have with image and body - still learning to play shakuhashi after recent trip to Japan ... Collaborations with : Sophie Agnel & Andrea Neumann ; Franz Hautzinger & Thomas Lehn ; X Brane ; Rhodri Davies & Christoph Schiller ; Andy Guhl & Mike T. Bullock ; Martine Altenburger & Frédéric Blondy ; Xavier Charles ; Pascal Battus ; Insub Meta Orchestra. Meetings with : Tetuzi Akiyama, John Butcher, Eric La Casa, Michel Doneda, Axel Dörner, Isabelle Duthoit, Robin Hayward, Tomas Korber, Urs Leimgruber, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetsu Saïtoh, Roger Turner and Michaël Vorfeld.